Oh, a trip to Paris would be so nice. Walking down the Champs Elysee, taking cheesy romantic pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower, stopping for a light lunch at a cafe…
Alas, airfare to France is not in the budget right now. But there’s surprisingly similar substitutes right here in our home of Pittsburgh. If you let your imagination take over, you may not even notice the difference.
I was enthralled with this post at Gone with the Family. It was the first place I learned about love locks, and she happened to find them all over Paris. Lovers write their names on a lock, hook it onto the bridge, and then throw the key into the rivers.
So I was very excited when I came upon our very own love lock bridge in Pittsburgh. While we don’t have a river beneath it (oh, irony of ironies,) this bridge in Schenley park near Phipp’s Conservatory (on Schenley Drive between the plaza and the conservatory) definitely gets the job done in the most Parisian of places: a beautiful park.
Have you noticed Market Square and other parts of downtown have seen an increase in outdoor dining areas? And extremely nice outdoor dining areas at that? This is no accident. Paris to Pittsburgh, an initiative funded by the Colcom foundation, provides business and property owners downtown with grants to make improvements to their building facades and outdoor dining areas. The result? A very Parisian dining experience; even if you’re eating Mexican. (More about the Paris to Pittsburgh program.)